Aloha, fellow dessert enthusiasts! If you’re ready to embark on a culinary journey to a tropical paradise, then you’re in for a treat. Today, we’re going to dive into the luscious world of Hawaiian Cheesecake Bars. These delightful bars combine the creaminess of cheesecake with the exotic flavors of the Hawaiian Islands. With a buttery macadamia nut crust, a velvety coconut cheesecake layer, and a vibrant pineapple topping, these bars are like a slice of Hawaii in every bite.

Imagine yourself on a white sandy beach, the gentle sound of waves in the background, and a warm tropical breeze caressing your face. Now, let’s bring that daydream to life with a recipe that will transport your taste buds straight to the Aloha State. So, grab your apron and let’s get started on this delicious adventure!


For the Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups of crushed macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted

For the Cheesecake Layer:

  • 16 oz (2 packages) of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut

For the Pineapple Topping:

  • 2 cups of fresh pineapple, diced
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • A pinch of salt


Preparing the Crust:

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 325°F (163°C). Grease a 9×9-inch (23×23 cm) baking pan and line it with parchment paper, leaving some overhang for easy removal.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the crushed macadamia nuts, shredded coconut, and granulated sugar for the crust. Mix well.
  3. Pour the melted butter over the dry ingredients and stir until everything is evenly coated.
  4. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake it for 10-12 minutes or until the crust becomes lightly golden. Remove it from the oven and let it cool while you prepare the cheesecake layer.

Creating the Cheesecake Layer:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and granulated sugar until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract and shredded coconut until everything is well combined.
  3. Pour the cheesecake mixture over the cooled crust, spreading it evenly.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the edges are set, but the center is slightly jiggly. It will continue to set as it cools.
  5. Allow the cheesecake bars to cool at room temperature for about 30 minutes, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until completely chilled.

Making the Pineapple Topping:

  1. In a saucepan, combine the diced pineapple, granulated sugar, and water. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and lemon juice to create a smooth paste.
  3. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the boiling pineapple mixture and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
  4. Remove the pineapple topping from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.


  1. Once the cheesecake bars are chilled, carefully spread the pineapple topping evenly over the cheesecake layer.
  2. Return the pan to the refrigerator for an additional hour to allow the topping to set.
  3. When ready to serve, use the parchment paper overhang to lift the bars out of the pan. Place them on a cutting board and slice into squares.

Tips for Success

  • For a nut-free version, you can substitute the macadamia nuts in the crust with graham cracker crumbs or crushed vanilla wafers.
  • Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature to ensure a smooth and creamy cheesecake layer.
  • To achieve the perfect pineapple topping, make sure the sauce thickens before removing it from the heat. This ensures it will set beautifully on top of your cheesecake bars.


While these Hawaiian Cheesecake Bars are already a tropical delight, you can add your own twist to them:

  • Tropical Fruit Medley: Experiment with different tropical fruits like mango, papaya, or passion fruit in the topping for a burst of exotic flavors.
  • Chocolate Drizzle: For chocolate lovers, drizzle a bit of melted dark chocolate over the cooled bars before serving. The combination of chocolate and tropical flavors is divine.

In every bite of these Hawaiian Cheesecake Bars, you’ll experience a harmonious blend of creamy cheesecake, crunchy macadamia nuts, sweet coconut, and the vibrant flavors of fresh pineapple. It’s a dessert that encapsulates the essence of Hawaii in a delightful square. Whether you’re serving them at a luau-themed party, a family gathering, or just indulging in a tropical craving, these bars are sure to transport your taste buds to paradise.

So, whip up a batch of these Hawaiian Cheesecake Bars, share them with loved ones, and savor the taste of the islands, right in the comfort of your own home. Aloha and happy baking!